10 LinkedIn Secrets You Didn’t Know

Technology, Business, career, linkedin, networking, technology, Tips, tricks

Mon, 03 Aug 2015 05:15:37 +0000

Why do people so eagerly use LinkedIn? It’s a large-scale question given that nowadays we have loads of social networks with millions of users. So, I suppose we need to paraphrase the question:  Why do people so eagerly use LinkedIn for their business promotion? Now, that’s the right one. So, LinkedIn is a great place to spread the word about your company because you can reach a big audience and all the tools in social network are designed for this. But it’s not enough to just register your business and wait for visitors to come in swarms, like your news and share your content. To promote your company on LinkedIn you need to know the basics user skills. But to successfully lead your business to the top, it’s necessary to learn the hacks that not every LinkedIn member is aware of. And that’s what I’m going to talk about. Your first task is to grow your profile and make it look flawless and there are several tips that can surely help you with this matter. 1. Connect Open Networkers You are considered to be an advanced LinkedIn user if you have 500+ connections on your profile. But you have only 257 people in your list and that’s all you’ve managed to squeeze out from your family, friends and former/current colleagues environment. That’s not the problem. LinkedIn has an abundance of people, Open Networkers, who share your purpose and gladly accept the invitations. Just become a member of groups like Leading International Open Networkers (LION) or Open Networkers Alliance (ONA) and here you go. 2. Send Invitations Without Emails When you reach to Open Networkers, that has to be very simple because they usually state their email address in the profile. But what can you do when there is no such? Just use your imagination and make up your own! Not everybody knows that if you don’t have an email address of a person you want to connect, you still can send the invitation and the LinkedIn member will still get it but only when they visit their page personally. When you state the wrong address, the users don’t receive the notification about LinkedIn invitation. But that’s the only pitfall because this way you know how active the LinkedIn members are and how often they visit their pages. 3. Endorse Your Connections When you visit profiles of people with 500+ connections and skills endorsed 99+, I bet you wonder how they did it, how they got all those acknowledgements. Well, the answer is simple: they use a natural human need to return a favor. They endorse their connections (possibly write messages how good they are and ask them to reciprocate the endorsement) and voila. The profile looks super efficient and impressive. I suppose there are some LinkedIn members that have gained all of that without these tricks but unless you are the CEO of Microsoft Corporation, I advise you to use this tip. Now when you‘ve made a candy out of your profile you are ready to grow your business network. 4. Become a Member of Your Field-Related Groups For instance, if you are a recruiter and you need to find some freelance writers, go ahead and find the relevant group. They discuss different topics, post their works and ask for advice in plain sight. Add several corresponding groups and you have a goldmine of potential employees. 5. Connect Your Target Audience The groups that are relevant to your business are rich in people who would be interested in possible suggestions, offers or ideas. Let’s say you are a general manager of an IT company. You have an interesting project in your mind that demands additional engagement of workforce, funding or just a fresh eye. You either go to the group of web developers or just search for project managers, CEOs, CTOs, etc. and connect with them. You offer your ideas to your target audience and instantly know whether they are interested or not. 6. Send Custom Invitations So, you have a perfect profile, you can send invitations even without having the email address and know how to find your target audience. But there is always a chance that a person you need to connect just won’t accept your invitation and who knows why. When you’ve found a perfect candidate or a perfect business partner and you are not sure they will click the accept button, try writing a custom invitation. But be attentive with your writing: you’re often in a hurry and you sometimes can miss typos or minor mistakes. Thus, you always have to double check your message. Grab their attention and stand out from the crowd. I assure you that’s a great way to get accepted. 7. Send InMails When you want to impress a potential business partner and offer him some kind of cooperation, use InMails for this matter. I know that you have to pay for them but there’s always a loophole. There’s such option as Premium Account, which is also not free. But you can make use of it by subscribing to the free trial period for 30 days. This move gives you 15 free InMails to send to your potential business partners. When the trial period comes to an end, you just write to the support that you don’t want to have Premium account. 8. Use the Preview Option to Connect When you come across people of the 3rd level of connection, you can’t send them invitations. So, there are only InMails. But what to do if you’ve already have run out of those? Well, there is a small trick: when the 3rd level profile appears in the search result, you can fully see only their name and the first letter of the last name. However, when you put your cursor on the profile, there appears a preview where you can see the full name and last name. That’s the link you should click. It opens the full profile view and you can send a usual/custom invitation. 9. Spread Your Content in Groups When you publish some posts in Pulse or just have some interesting article/news, share this content in groups (post to groups option in share window). It’s necessary to type the title of news and names of groups. This way you expose your content to a big audience and make your profile more recognizable. 10. Comment on Discussions in Groups Don’t agree with someone’s statement? Leave a comment, prove your arguments and acknowledge others. When you are socially active on groups, you become a kind of an expert in your field, because you share interesting news, give useful tips and express your opinion. People will start to send you invitations and ask for advice and that’s the time when you certainly know you succeeded in your efforts. That’s practically all that will lead you to a successful networking on LinkedIn. Everything is very simple and achievable if you know your target audience, have a hold of your strong points and set clear goals for your business. So, search, connect and be successful.

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Jane Copland
Jane Copland
Jane Copland is a passionate PR manager at ThePensters.com – the community of freelance academic writers. She’s into writing, technology and psychology.

 

20 Free Design Assets to Download

Design, Fonts, free, illustrations, textures, vectors

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 15:15:52 +0000

When designing a website it is at times necessary to go to an outside source to find the design elements you need to make your end product as attractive and professional looking as possible. While you have the option of creating your own, putting together a custom design element from scratch can be a time-consuming process. If you know where to look, so you won’t waste time searching, having access to an outside resource can be a real time saver. There is no shortage of free, downloadable photos, vectors, and fonts and the like, but the quality in the selections available to you can vary considerably. Choose from your myriad sources of freebies and you can save yourself the time and trouble of having to sift through mediocre elements to find the gem you are looking for. The quality is outstanding and the selections are large, with fonts being a good example. Fonts – Style can make a Difference Fonts tend to play a minor role in most website designs. They are all too often not given a second thought, which is acceptable if a reasonable style is chosen. A poor choice on the other hand can make a web page, or even an entire website, look dull and uninspiring, or worse yet, feature text that is difficult to read. There can be a great deal to gain by making fonts an integral part of your design. Take in to account the background color or texture, decide if your choice of font is to serve as an attention grabber or give your website a personal touch and support the overall theme. Your choice of a font style can, and should, make a difference. Nova -2 Altera Code 2-2 Birds of Paradise   Have Fun with Icons Icons are sometimes looked upon as purely functional elements, and not as design elements at all. As is often the case with fonts, how icons might be displayed does not always receive a great deal of attention since they are simply there to do a job. If you look at the examples shown below, you will see how much they can contribute to the look and feel of your websites. Icons can be animated, amusing, colorful, and even playful. As you browse through any selection of icons, look for those that in some way reflect the theme of your website. Icons that do so can make a website design appear more solid. If you need a button to download information from The Cloud, select an icon that shows a cloud. Several selections of free, high-quality icons offer limitless possibilities as to this valuable design element’s use. Barker Icon Set Lulu Icons Set 1 Home Icons Don’t be Afraid to Use Patterns Admittedly, a poor choice of patterns can wreak havoc with a website’s appearance, or at the very least prove to be a distraction. Patterns need to be carefully selected, but that is true with almost any design element. Choose a pattern that compliments the information being presented, or is supportive of a website’s theme, and see the difference it can make. By experimenting a bit, you can avoid getting into trouble. Patterns are usually easy to work with, and easy to change should the need arise. Browse our selections of free patterns and you will more than likely come across a few you would like to use. Pixel Art Patterns 2 Stripe – 1 Patterns No Design Toolbox should be without Brushes If it were not for brushes, textures, and patterns, most websites would tend to be rather dull. Even when used sparingly, brushes can make a website page more pleasing to the eye. Brushes are significant time savers. If you should attempt to manually replicate one of the examples shown here, you will quickly see the truth in that statement. Photoshop has an excellent selection of brushes, and we have added to them. Browse our offerings and add a few to your design toolbox. You will find they have much to contribute. Cherry Flower Corners Smoke Brushes Textures can turn a Bland Web Page into a Work of Art Textures can do more to emphasize a website’s theme and purpose than any other type of design element, with the possible exception of photos. When used sparingly, and in the right locations, textures can even play an important role in websites where the design is not of paramount importance.Textures can of course become distractions if improperly used, but if you treat them as the design elements they are you will avoid getting into trouble. Textures can definitely make your presentations more appealing. Adding a high-quality source of free textures to your design library is well worth considering. Concrete Distressed Texture 6 Blue Stone Texture 7 Vectors can give a Boost to your Websites and to Your Reputation To call a vector a poor man’s photo would be an injustice to what these design elements have to offer when designing a website. A carefully chosen vector can often convey the same information a photo does, and in doing so it can also add character to a web page. A vector can in fact be a life saver if you are facing a deadline and you are unable to find a suitable photo. Vectors can give a website a fresh, innovative look. They can convey a great deal of useful information, and their use can make you appear to be the innovative genius you would like your clients to think you are. The more vectors you have at your disposal, the greater will be the number of design options that are open to you. The examples shown here should give you more than a few ideas. Vector City Illustation 3 Laptop Icons Set Sportsmens Table with Tools Vector Illustration Geometric Illustration 43 Photos are Magnets A professional looking photo can cause a visitor to pause and take a second look at a website page, which is exactly what you want visitors to do. Choosing a photo in line with a website’s theme is important, but if it appears amateurish it can reflect on the impression a visitor receives of the website as a whole. There are times when it is necessary to pay to get a photo you want to use, but there is an abundance of free photos to choose among. The quality of the freebies can vary considerably, but if you select a source that offers quality design elements only, you can save yourself time and trouble, and find what you want. Bridge to the City by Night 2 Vintage Ship in Port View over the City 2 Quality design elements can be yours for the asking if you know where to look. There are many sources you can go to, but the quality of the elements can vary significantly, adding the time it takes to find something you can use.

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 23 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

Freebie Friday: 10 Hand Drawn Patterns

Freebies, design, download, free, hand-drawn, patterns

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 06:24:58 +0000

This weeks freebie comes to us from Julia Dreams. Julia is a freelance designer and illustrator from Berlin, Germany. This freebie contains 10 hand drawn seamless patterns. She drew each pattern by hand and then transferred it into a vector format. You can easily customize the size and the color. These patterns are ideal for logos, invitations, postcards, posters, scrapbooking, etc. We would like to thank Julia again for giving away this great resource. Julia has hundreds of outstanding patterns in her shop on Creativemarket. Be sure to visit her shop and check out some of her other products. You can easily tell she puts alot of sweat and tear into her work. Enjoy! Download

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 23 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

20 Free Credit Card Icon Sets

Freebies, credit card, download, free, icons, set

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 05:06:07 +0000

For a lot of you who have gotten used to shopping online, you probably couldn’t even imagine how you survived without ecommerce. It’s not just about being lazy or not wanting to get out of the house to get something that you really need. It’s a whole lot more than that, and the ability to pay online has changed the way that people bought what they need. For businesses, ecommerce has also become life-changing. Now, there isn’t even a need to have physical stores. Sometimes, you can run a profitable business and build an empire without having to meet any of your customers face to face. It’s not about creating a beautiful store anymore and hiring the best people at the counter. Now, it’s about creating an ecommerce site that would give every possible bit of convenience to every visitor who pops in for a visit. Designing Your Ecommerce Site Of course, considering the huge impact that your ecommerce site would have for your business, this is not exactly something that you can just breeze through. If you spend so much time thinking about colors to use, materials for your countertops, or shelving designs for your product displays in an actual physical store, just imagine the endless possibilities that you have when it comes to a virtual online store. Every small aspect affects the whole, from the way the colors blend in together, to the way each customer is directed from one page to the next. And if there is one most important thing that you would definitely have to streamline, it’s the entire payment process. Streamlining the Payment Process People have to know that their chosen mode of payment is secure when they use your website. The payment process should also be as quick as possible; let your potential customers wait for a couple of seconds, and it would be so easy for them to just leave your page and shop somewhere else. This is why it’s important to let your customers know what their payment options are as early as possible. Displaying their options the moment they land on your page is a great idea, as it helps the customer find out if you would be able to accommodate them early on. If you’re thinking that displaying credit card and other payment options’ logos on your pages could kill your design, then you probably haven’t shopped around for options just yet. Because with these credit card icons on the list below, you know that these icons would even contribute to making your ecommerce site more interesting than ever. 32 Free Credit Card Icons Download 1 Color Credit Icons by Chad Pugh Download Payment credit cards icons Download Credit Cards by Carl DeCaire Download Payment Icons by Vitaliy Petrushenko Download 40 Free E-Commerce Icons Download Card/Payment Icons by Visual Idiot Download Credit Card Icon pack by Louis Harboe Download 50 Free Payment system icons Download Credit Card Icons by Wassim Awadallah Download Free Gray Credit Card Icons Download Credit Cards by Joshua Sortino Download Payment Method Icons Set by Pixeden Download 32px Credit Card Icons from Medialoot Download SVG Credit Cards by The Honest Ape Download Credit Cards by Tim Parker Download Credit Cards Icons by Kreativa Studio Download Small Credit Cards by Christopher Downer Download Payment Card Icons by Shaun Cronin Download Flat Credit Cards by Ian Silber Download

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 23 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

20 Beautiful Resume WordPress Themes

Themes, CV, premium, resume, Theme, website, Wordpress

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 05:11:03 +0000

Efficient. Creative. Innovative. These are just some of the words that people use just a little bit too often in creating resumes. Of course, nothing is wrong with these traits. They’re qualities that any employer would want to see in their own people. When you look at all other applications stacking up on those recruitment specialists’ desks however, it wouldn’t be surprising to find that everyone else is putting the same characteristics into their own resumes. This is why it’s more important not just to type it in and print it out on a piece of paper, but to illustrate and demonstrate, especially if you’re in the creative field. Online versus Traditional Let’s face it. A traditional resume or CV doesn’t really allow you to showcase your work properly, nor does it allow you to prove how great you truly are. Pitted against other great minds in the industry, it wouldn’t be a reliable gauge with everyone saying the same things about themselves. It’s all about the numbers? Of course it is. But it’s easy to type numbers in. What’s hard is proving it. By using a more modern online resume or CV, you do not only get to showcase what you can do in a more appealing manner, you also get to prove how truly exceptional your creative mind is. It’s All in the Design Online resumes are perfect in showing your personality, especially when it come to your choice of design. Any potential employer, partner, or investor would be able to look at your website and assume what kind of a person you are. Are you modern, or traditional? Are you the outgoing type, or would you rather work in a quiet corner? Would you prefer coming out with a sudden bang, or would you like your work to be displayed in a gradually progressing manner? All these anybody can see with an online resume. Beautiful WordPress Themes for Your Resume or CV Delight your senses with how creatively these designs were made. Some choose to feature an explosion of details, while some of them are minimalistic in design. Some have details that are more intricate than the others, while some of the designs are appealing because of their basic simplicity. Think about how you want to present yourself as a professional, and figure out which of these portrays that character the most. Here are 20 beautiful WordPress themes that are perfect for your online resume, portfolio, or CV: TsingYi – Personal CV / Portfolio $49 TsingYi is a multipage personal CV / portfolio WordPress theme built on Bootstrap 3. It allows graduate students to quickly create a resume, manage publications and display their schedule, and enables freelancers to build their portfolio easily. Demo/Download Personage $38 Personage is a beautiful resume theme, it’s a combination of latest web technologies with modern and clean design. Almost all the elements are professionally animated, so it gives your website a live feeling and your visitors will enjoy browsing your website even more. Live animation + your motivated resume will change your future! Demo/Download Cascade $33 Cascade is a minimalistic personal vCard WordPress Theme based on colorful vertical menu tabs. The theme comes loaded with dark and light skin, possibility to add unlimited number of tabs, 8 predefined tab colors and 10 predefined tab icons to choose from, 20 predefined page backgrounds and 10 predefined social icons. There is also possibility to define custom tab background image. The Theme is fully customizable with build-in lightbox, google map shortcode, working contact form, latest tweets widget etc. Demo/Download Zwin $33 Zwin is an impressive and professional online vcard, a beautiful portfolio with sliding effect, resume and contact information with Google Maps. It’s simple! Just download and install in a few minutes, you can show your online card to your friend, customer or employer in an interview by phone or tablet. Because Zwin is a responsive wordpress theme, you can view your website on pc as well as handheld devices. You can also link to your social profiles, display your portfolio in many media format such as image, youtube video, flash…. From the back-end, you can choose skin for your website. Zwin supports 5 unique color skins (Yellow, Red, Green, Blue and Purple). Demo/Download Sility $43 Demo/Download Promotion $43 Promotion is a beautiful resume theme, it’s a combination of latest web technologies with modern and clean design. Almost all the elements are professionally animated, so it gives your website a live feeling and your visitors will enjoy browsing your website even more. Demo/Download Vertica $38 Vertica is a clean, multipurpose and well crafted wp theme. It’s a cv / resume / vCard focused on digital professionals, whether designers, programmers or photographers. It is perfect to promote your work! Demo/Download CeeVee $43 CeeVee is a professional WordPress theme for all those who love to stand out. Let your online Resume be unique and eye-catching. Be brave and use cool effects and warm colors. Your portfolio does not have to be black and white! Demo/Download Robert Smith $43 This is a responsive and retina-ready WordPress website with a grid system layout. Almost all the elements are professionally animated, so it gives your website a live feeling and your visitors will enjoy browsing your website even more. Demo/Download Squareroot $43 Squareroot is a perfect one page parallax WordPress theme for vCard, Resume (CV) application, or a freelancer. This theme has a fully responsive layout, which ensures that your website will run smoothly and look amazing on different types of mobile devices. This WordPress CV theme works with all mainstream browsers, guaranteeing that you will not encounter any compatibility issue. Demo/Download Intima $43 Intima is a minimalist, elegant and responsive resume WordPress theme for any kind of professionals to show their Resume (Education, Work Experience, Awards etc.) and Portfolio in a wonderful way. Demo/Download Miresume $35 MiResume is a modern, responsive and minimalistic WordPress theme that is perfect for creating a digital personal resume or website and is sure to help you boost your business and build a long list of potential clients. Demo/Download Chulan $43 Chulan is perfect theme to build your top-notch portfolios. Easy to install and customize, this WordPress theme promotes the responsive, minimalist, professional and multipurpose. No matter you are designers, photographers, illustrators, video producers or any professional want to show potential clients your creativeness and cuting-edge skills, Chulan could help you nail it. Demo/Download Hireme $43 Hireme WordPress Theme is a clean, responsive HTML5/CSS3 theme with modern layout. It’s packed with cool features & awesome javascript transitions. Your website will look great on big & small screens, desktop, tablet or mobile phone. This theme contains a CSS file with 10 color schemes, so you can easily switch colors & use the most suitable one for your website. Demo/Download CVX $43 CVX is a multipurpose, elegant and well crafted one page portfolio for creative professionals. Anyone can showcase their personal resume, work history, projects and other personal information beautifully using CVX. Though CVX is primarily developed for showcasing portfolio elements, however it can be creatively used to display other essential information for SME business and artistic people. If you want your personal site to be noticeable among others, CVX can be your ultimate choice. Demo/Download The Person $43 The Person is a multipurpose WordPress theme created for a personal resume website, business CV, personal blog or an artist’s portfolio. Not only can The Person be a personal website, you can also turn it into a multi user VCard or a full-fledged corporate community. You will be stunned with the theme’s customization capabilities and the unique layout and you’ll never regret buying it. Demo/Download ResumeX $43 ResumeX is a multipurpose, elegant and well crafted one page portfolio for creative professionals. Anyone can showcase their personal resume, work history, projects and other personal information beautifully using ResumeX. Though ResumeX is primarily developed for showcasing portfolio elements, however it can be creatively used to display other essential information for SME business and artistic people. Powerful admin panel, intricate development and a pack of essential features really makes ResumeX to stand out in it’s category. If you want your personal site to be noticeable among others, ResumeX can be your ultimate choice. Demo/Download Who I Am $43 Who I Am is a retina ready personal resume and portfolio WordPress theme built with HTML5 & CSS3. It is perfect for a creative, personal or portfolio, a personal website. Demo/Download Lagit $38 This one pager theme designed for you to list your experiences or showcasing your work. Set the color with your liking or hide the “Color block” based on your needs. Go get hired more! Demo/Download Katya $38 Built using Bootstrap 3.2, this theme is suitable for showing your portfolio and blog interactively. Demo/Download

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Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov
Igor Ovsyannykov is a 23 year old geek, blogger, and designer. He mostly spends his time working here and sharing resourceful knowledge with others. He also enjoys weight lifting, hanging out with friends, and losing his mind to progressive house music. If you would like to reach him, send him an email to inspirationfeed@yahoo.com

 

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